Action brings Motivation, Habits bring Action

Hello there.

I hope you're having a good weekend.

Yesterday I talked about taking time to understand why any change you're beginning to make is important. That understanding will be the thing that keeps you going through the weeks and months ahead. 

But the other important thing is to actually get started towards making any change.

I found that it's really easy to put off making changes, blaming a lack of motivation. It surprised me to learn that motivation comes from taking action, not the other way around. So ANYTHING you can start to do differently right now will motivate you (as it did me).

I'll talk about goals in the next few days and of course there will be actions arising from those. But meanwhile, here are some things you could start to do RIGHT NOW, knowing that they're probably good for you. Notice how you feel after doing them for a few days.

  • Make your bed before leaving the bedroom in the morning
  • Drink 2-3L of water each day (yes, really - tip #1: have a large jug or bottle, fill it every day, and make sure you empty it before you go to bed. tip #2: carbonated spring water is tastier and the gas will fill you up)
  • Take 20 minutes to eat your lunch or dinner 

Note that these aren't 'stop' actions. They're 'start' actions. Work towards the positive, wherever possible. 

The other thing I Iearned is that we need actions to become automatic habits if we're going to get them done with any consistency. If they're something you have to think about doing, or something you can reason with or rebel against then guess what? You probably won't get them done.

There are a number of books and websites about how to build habits, including

The mini/micro habit approach is particularly interesting, because, as the name suggests, these are things you can start right now and have a big impact. Watch BJ Fogg speaking about this at TEDxFremont.

The more you build habits that let you automatically take action, the stronger your motivation will be. Success breeds success.

Why not try to build some new small habits over Christmas so you can begin 2016 feeling confident that you can perform the actions relating to your goal?

If nothing else, try to make it a habit to read these emails every day until 4th January!

Until next time, take care,

Tony.